AFCON 2023: Nigeria defeat Angola 1-0 as Lookman fires Super Eagles into last four

Nigeria won the most recent of their three continental titles in 2013, and are the highest-ranked side remaining at the finals in Ivory Coast

A first-half goal from Ademola Lookman was enough to see Nigeria overcome Angola and reach the semi-finals of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.

The former England Under-21 winger emphatically converted a cut-back from Moses Simon four minutes before the break in Abidjan.

The 1-0 scoreline flattered Angola, who were second best for long periods of the game, and Nigeria striker Victor Osimhen had a 75th-minute header ruled out for offside by the Video Assistant Referee.

Angola’s best chance fell to Zine, who rolled the ball against the base of the post when clean through on goal just before the hour mark.

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Nigeria will now face the winner of Saturday’s quarter-final between Cape Verde and South Africa (20:00 GMT) in the last four next Wednesday.

More to follow.

Nigeria are among the favourites to win the Africa Cup of Nations ahead of their quarter-final clash with Angola.

Former Fulham and Leicester player Ademola Lookman was on target twice in the last-16 stage as the Super Eagles beat Cameron 2-0.

Angola did not enjoy the best start to the tournament, but they have built up momentum with three successive victories, including a 3-0 win over Namibia in the last round, which also saw two red cards, one for each side.

Starting lineups

Nigeria XI: Nwabah; Ekong, Ajayi, Bassey; Zaidu, Onyeka, Iwobi, Ola Aina; Lookman, Osimhen, Simon

Angola XI: Antonio; Afonso, Gaspar, Buatu, Carneiro; Fredy, Show, Estrela; Gilberto, Mabululu, Gelson Dala

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